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Dirty Pretty Things -- From Stephen Frears, the Oscar-nominated director of The Grifters (Best Director, 1990) and Dangerous Liaisons, Dirty Pretty Things stars Audrey Tautou (Amelie) in a harrowing tale of struggle and survival for two immigrants who learn that everything is for sale in London's secret underworld!
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Dirty Pretty Things -- An illegal Nigerian immigrant discovers the unpalatable side of London life.


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Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Okwe

Audrey Tautou ... Senay Gelik

Sergi López ... Sneaky / Juan

Sophie Okonedo ... Juliette

Benedict Wong ... Guo Yi

Zlatko Buric ... Ivan
Kriss Dosanjh ... Asian Businessman
Israel Oyelumade ... Mini Cab Driver (as Israel Aduramo)
Yemi Goodman Ajibade ... Mini Cab Driver (as Ade-Yemi Ajibade)
Nizwar Karanj ... Mini Cab Driver

Deobia Oparei ... Mini Cab Driver

Jeffery Kissoon ... Cab Controller
Kenan Hudaverdi ... Cafe Owner
Damon Younger ... Punter

Paul Bhattacharjee ... Mohammed
Darrell D'Silva ... Immigration Officer
Sotigui Kouyaté ... Shinti
Abi Gouhad ... Shinti's Son
Jeillo Edwards ... Hospital Cleaning Lady
Rita Hamill ... Pharmacy Nurse
Ron Stenner ... Pharmacist
Jemanesh Solomon ... Shinti's Daughter-in-Law
Naomi Simpson ... Shinti's Grandaughter

Barber Ali ... Sweatshop Foreman
Jean-Philippe Écoffey ... Jean-Luc

Josef Altin ... Sweatshop Boy (as Yusuf Altin)
Fisun Burgess ... Factory Worker
Sabina Michael ... German Woman
Michael Mellinger ... German Man
Noma Dumezweni ... Celia

Adrian Scarborough ... The Doctor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ray Donn ... Factory Worker (uncredited)
Mike Savva ... Airport Commuter (uncredited)

Directed by
Stephen Frears 
Writing credits
Steven Knight (written by)

Produced by
Mark Cartier .... development executive
Julie Goldstein .... executive producer
Robert Jones .... producer
Teresa Moneo .... executive producer
Allon Reich .... executive producer
Tracey Scoffield .... executive producer
Tracey Seaward .... producer
Paul Smith .... executive producer
David M. Thompson .... executive producer
Margo Myers .... line producer: additional photography (uncredited)
Original Music by
Nathan Larson 
Cinematography by
Chris Menges 
Film Editing by
Mick Audsley 
Casting by
Leo Davis 
Production Design by
Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski 
Art Direction by
Rebecca Holmes 
Set Decoration by
Linda Wilson 
Costume Design by
Odile Dicks-Mireaux 
Makeup Department
Annabel Hill .... makeup artist
Natasha Nischol .... makeup artist
Jenny Shircore .... hair designer
Jenny Shircore .... makeup designer
Matthew Smith .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Tania Blunden .... post-production supervisor (as Tania Windsor Blunden)
Brian Donovan .... production manager: additional photography
Linda Gregory .... production manager
Michael Harm .... unit manager
Joseph Jayawardena .... unit manager
Margo Myers .... unit production manager: additional photography New York City
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mick Audsley .... second unit director
William Booker .... second assistant director
Ben Dixon .... third assistant director: second unit
Simon Downes .... second assistant director: second unit
Mark Layton .... first assistant director: second unit
Sasha Mann .... second assistant director: second unit
Finn McGrath .... second assistant director: second unit
Martin O'Malley .... first assistant director: second unit
Jez Oakley .... third assistant director: second unit
Stuart Renfrew .... first assistant director
Alex Streeter .... third assistant director
Richard Styles .... first assistant director: second unit
Becky Symons .... third assistant director: second unit (as Becky Simmons)
Holly Watson .... third assistant director: second unit
Ben Dixon .... additional third assistant director (uncredited)
Larry Zience .... second assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Art Department
Jane Clark .... storyboard artist
Emma Davis .... lead art department assistant
Martin Duffy .... stand-by carpenter
Stuart Headley-Read .... stand-by props (as Stuart Read)
David Ned Kelly .... supervising carpenter
Verena Khan .... assistant art director (as Verena Kahn)
Campbell Mitchell .... props
Tom Pleydell-Pearce .... property master
Gareth Thomas .... FT2 apprentice
Sound Department
Mark Auguste .... supervising sound editor
Sam Auguste .... assistant sound editor
Jan Cholawo .... foley editor
Colin Cooper .... adr recordist
Colette D. Dahanne .... foley recordist (as Colette Dahanne)
Nathan Duncan .... sound assistant trainee
Steve Finn .... boom operator
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer
Matthew Gough .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Alex Hudd .... sound consultant: dolby
Peter Joly .... supervising sound editor
Christian Joyce .... sound recordist
Christian Joyce .... sound: second unit
Peter Lindsay .... sound recordist
Mike Prestwood Smith .... sound re-recording mixer
Adrian Rhodes .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Rose .... sound effects editor
Sven Taits .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Ian Wilson .... foley editor
Special Effects by
Dan Frye .... special effects technician
Christopher Longhurst .... special effects assistant
Graham Longhurst .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Ian Fellows .... digital compositor
Drew Jones .... visual effects executive producer
Tracey Leadbetter .... visual effects coordinator: Framestore CFC
Luke Letkey .... digital artist
Alasdair MacCuish .... digital lab producer: Framestore CFC
Mark Nelmes .... visual effects supervisor
Tom Partridge .... visual effects editorial: Framestore CFC
Maria Stroka .... film recording producer
Victor Wade .... digital effects artist
Neil Weatherley .... digital effects artist
Nick Gillard .... stunt coordinator
Julian Spencer .... stunt coordinator: second unit
Camera and Electrical Department
Ian Clark .... focus puller
Charlie England .... assistant camera
Dai Evans .... trainee grip (as Dave Evans)
Conor Finlay .... electrician
Eugene Grobler .... electrician
Saiyiu. Li .... camera loader
Adrian McCarthy .... grip
Chris Menges .... camera operator
Oona Menges .... first assistant camera
Pat Miller .... electrician
Gary Parnham .... rigging electrician
Christopher Porter .... gaffer
Alastair Rae .... Steadicam operator
Laurie Sparham .... still photographer
Ivan Strasburg .... director of photography: second unit
Alf Tramontin .... Steadicam operator
David Wall .... electrician
John Ellis Evans .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Urszula Pontikos .... camera trainee (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Philip Goldsworthy .... wardrobe assistant
Kay Manasseh .... assistant costume designer
Lucilla Simbari .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Emanuele Giraldo .... second assistant editor
Celia Haining .... assistant editor
Dan Roberts .... first assistant editor
John Stanborough .... color timer
Music Department
Karen Elliott .... music supervisor
Charlie Gillett .... music consultant
Christian Henson .... composer: additional music
Michael Higham .... music editor (as Mike Higham)
Steve Price .... music scoring mixer
Andy Richards .... score mixer
Bruce White .... viola
Transportation Department
Simon Hudnott .... unit driver
Gerry Turner .... genny driver
Other crew
Julie Brinkman .... assistant: Steven Knight
Jana Camacho .... production assistant
Rashad Clinton .... production assistant
James Cooper .... runner
Christel Franken .... assistant to producer
Alexander Hodgson .... runner
Scott Jacobson .... floor runner
Miranda Marks .... assistant production coordinator
Jake Myers .... production executive
Rosie Newall .... runner
Hermione Ninnim .... production coordinator
Louise O'Malley .... production accountant
Eve Petcher .... production runner
Roger Phillips .... end titles
Sue Quinn .... location manager
Asha Radwan .... producer's assistant: post-production
Claire Robertson .... assistant accountant
Nick Savva .... production finance coordinator
Ussal Smithers .... advisor: Turkish
Diane Staniforth .... art finisher
Aurelia Thomas .... location assistant
Mimi Turner .... location manager
Alex Warder .... assistant production coordinator
Dan Huber .... assistant: Julie Goldstein (uncredited)
Luke Morris .... thanks
Margo Myers .... special thanks

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Rated R for sexual content, disturbing images and language
97 min
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Dirty Pretty Things is a band named for this movie.See more »
Continuity: When Okwe and Senay are drinking wine, Senay lifts a full glass. In the next shot, the glass is 3/4 full.See more »
[first lines]
Okwe:Do you want a car? Ten pounds, Theatreland. Car? London? You want a taxi? Buckingham Palace.
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29 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Flawed but impressive, 9 August 2004
Author: TrevorAclea from London, England

Dirty Pretty Things was at once a pleasant surprise and a slight disappointment. It stands head and shoulders above the wreckage of most recent Britflicks, but it still never quite reaches the heights. Part of the problem is that the background is the story, leaving us with an at times slight narrative and a very predictable final twist that seems very much like one of Roald Dahl's Tales of the Very Much as We Expected (the moment Chiwetel Ejiofor stops Sergi Lopez's hands from shaking you know exactly what's coming).

That said, it's still a worthwhile trip. Unlike most British films, and London ones in particular, it actually uses the city as a character - in this case the hidden city. We see virtually no ordinary British citizens. Instead the film is inhabited by the illegal immigrants who do the dirty jobs that no-one else wants, the lead character a Nigerian doctor who works double-shifts as taxi driver and hotel porter and rents a couch in Turkish maid Audrey Tatou's couch on a timeshare basis. This milieu is superbly captured, and you get a sense of a world not so much hidden as ignored. Frears direction too is back to the power and drive of his early work after his recent flabby American entries, although he still can't resist caricaturing the Immigration officials - rather than the bored, disinterested and impersonal reality he's opted for cheap comic book villains that diminishes every scene they appear in. Similarly, he doesn't always keep a tight enough rein on some of the supporting performances, Sophie Okenedo in particular: she can be a much better actress, but here she's allowed to veer too much to stereotype and has a couple of awkward moments. Lopez too falls back on some of his overfamiliar mannerisms, although Ejiofor is quite superb in the lead, and his easygoing scenes with Benedict Wong's mortuary waste disposal technician are minor highlights.

Nonetheless, with most British cinema so awful these days, this is definitely worth catching: a very good film even if it could have been even better.

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